Federal Highway Research Institute


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Remote-controlled aerial vehicles for the inspection of structures

For the regular inspections of infrastructure structures such as bridges, the structures have so far been inspected by hand. Accordingly, the assessments prove to be lengthy and cost-intensive. The use of unmanned aerial systems could contribute to a significant acceleration and support of the visual inspection. The Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) therefore initiated the development of an automated image evaluation procedure that is to be used in the future as part of the inspection of structure.

The results form the development basis for a future support system that covers the process chain from the planning of data acquisition to the reliable location of potential damage during the inspection of infrastructure structures.

  • Contact

    Federal Highway Research Institute
    Brüderstraße 53
    D-51427 Bergisch Gladbach
    Telephone: 0049 2204 43-9101
    Fax: 0049 2204 43-2550

  • Reports

    BASt's reports are almost entirely in German. Each report includes an english abstract. You can find the complete report by following the link to ELBA on the report's page.